Senator Ken Horn's Legislative Update

Dear Friends,

Snow continued to blanket our state in February, but it was still a busy month around the district and in Lansing. Several big issues are coming up in the coming weeks at the Capitol. We’ll be hearing the governor’s budget recommendations and starting those talks in the Legislature as well. We’re also looking at improving Michigan’s workforce and lowering auto insurance rates for Michiganders.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at SenKHorn@senate.michigan.gov or toll-free at 855-347-8032. Or if you are in Lansing, please feel free to stop by my office, room 7100 in the Binsfeld Office Building.

Sincerely,

Ken Horn
State Senator
32nd District

Horn announces March office hours with Rep. Rodney Wakeman

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My office hours for the month of March will be a joint meeting with Rep. Rodney Wakeman at the following date, time and location:

Date: Friday, March 29
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Saginaw Senior Care and Rehab Center
Address: 4322 Mackinaw Road, Saginaw

We look forward to meeting with area residents and hearing concerns that any residents of the district may have. Please feel free to drop in. No appointment is necessary.

Horn welcomes area physician to State of the State

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Earlier this month I had the privilege of welcoming Dr. Stephanie Duggan as my guest for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2019 State of the State address.

Dr. Duggan serves as regional president of Ascension Michigan’s Northern Ministries, which includes St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw and Standish, and St. Joseph Health System in Tawas.

It was my pleasure hosting her and her husband Jim as the governor laid out her priorities for Michigan’s future.

If you want to hear more about my take on the State of the State and a few other topics, check out my interview with David Nicholas on WCMU Public Radio's Capitol Report below.

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Horn welcomes Bridgeport pastor to state Capitol

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Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of welcoming Pastor J.D. Howell from First Baptist Church of Bridgeport to the state Senate where he began the day’s Senate session with a wonderful invocation.

It was a pleasure to have Doreen, Johnny, James and Danielle join J.D. in Lansing.

You can watch his invocation here.

Horn, Daley welcome Michigan sugar queen to Lansing

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I was joined by Sen. Kevin Daley in welcoming the Michigan Sugar Queen Paige Lupcke to the state Senate recently.

Paige is from Buena Vista and was in Lansing for the Michigan Sugar Company's annual lobby day.

Horn visits Saginaw-area students for career day

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I had a fun time stopping by North Saginaw Charter Academy's Career Day earlier this month.

It was good to see such a great turnout at an important event like this. Students were genuinely interested in exploring various careers and learning what avenues may be best for them.

Michigan’s bright future begins with a solid career path for our students.

Horn supports asset forfeiture reform

Under Michigan law, police can seize assets such as property or money from people as evidence or as part of an investigation if they have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed. After the assets are seized, law enforcement can petition the court to forfeit the assets to the police agency that seized them.

I recently supported legislation that would preserve this crime-fighting tool while helping protect innocent Michigan residents from losing their property to civil asset forfeiture. Senate Bill 2 would require a person to be convicted of or plead guilty to a crime for the seized property to be taken and kept. An individual’s personal property would be returned if they are not charged or found not guilty.

Law enforcement in Michigan seized about $13 million in assets in 2017, according to a Michigan State Police report. Out of the 1,700 forfeiture proceedings, only 43 percent of those whose property was seized and forfeited were charged and convicted of a crime.

The legislation has been sent to the House for consideration.

Senate pays tribute to Blue Star Mothers

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I recently co-sponsored Senate Resolution 9 to commemorate Feb. 1, 2019 as Blue Star Mother’s Day to recognize their service to our state and nation.

Blue Star Mothers of America was founded in Flint in 1942 to support the mothers of children in active service. Among their many patriotic contributions, Blue Star mothers welcome home returning veterans, visit wounded veterans in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, assist in veterans’ ceremonies and perpetuate the memory of the men and women who have served our country.

Home heating credit

Applications for the Michigan Home Heating Credit are now being processed for the 2018 tax year. The credit helps low-income seniors and other residents with their winter energy bills. More information, including forms and instructions, is available here, or by calling 517-636-4486. Individuals may apply for the credit even if they do not file a Michigan tax return.

According to the Michigan Department of Treasury, 315,000 state residents applied for the credit last year and the average credit was $191. The heating credit is funded by a federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program block grant.

March is Reading Month

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March is Reading Month and a great time to reinforce the benefits of reading with young students.

Reading is the foundation for success in school and beyond. I look forward to visiting many local elementary schools in March as a guest reader to share the fun and importance of reading. I also have special bookmarks available to encourage the reading habit! Please let me know if you would like to receive one.

2019 DNR licenses on sale March 1

Although 2018 fishing licenses, base/small game licenses and ORV permits are valid through March 31, 2019, most 2019 hunting and fishing licenses and permits go on sale March 1, the start of the new license year. Applications for the 2020 Pure Michigan Hunt also go on sale that day.

Sportsmen and women can order the new licenses online at www.MDNR-eLicense.com or by visiting a retailer that sells DNR licenses. For license sales questions, email MDNR-E-License@michigan.gov or call 517-284-6057. Season guides and digests will be posted on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr as they become available.

Taxpayer preparation guide

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My office offers a free resource that may be helpful in filling out state income tax forms for the 2018 tax year.

Though not a substitute for the Michigan Department of Treasury tax instruction booklets, the 2019 Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide contains information on the Michigan individual income tax, including state income tax credits, and the property tax. Please visit the Publications page on my website for a link to the tax guide or contact my office for a print copy.

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Senator Ken Horn
201 Townsend Street
Suite #7100
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Phone: (517) 373-1760

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